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“A rose among thorns by most standards”

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Apartotel Suites Cristina
Ranked #18 of 76 Hotels in San Jose
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Herenow
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“A rose among thorns by most standards”
Reviewed 17 September 2009

Great stay, and actually my best stay in three trips to Costa Rica. The hotel is run like a PROFESSIONAL operation. Clean, well managed, and a friendly staff.

The entire facility is quite well maintained and very clean. The pool is a great attribute.

Rooms are quite adequate, clean, and have hot water in both the bath and kitchen sinks (NOT so common in Costa Rica! ...first hot water I've had in sinks in THREE trips! YAY!)
The kitchen is fine for simple dinners, and the hotels' daily b'fast is also the best buffet b'fast I've found in the country to date. Breakfast is typico Costa Rican, yet with enough variety to placate most Euro and American palates, and there's always fresh fruit/yogurt/cereal as well.

The neighborhood (Sabana Norte) is fine and you can walk over onto San Joses' main Paseo Colon boulevard in fifteen minutes. (Crossing RT 1 is a challenge unless you walk past the main entry to Park Sabana -across from the Paseo Colon and RT 1 intersection and use the overhead walkway) Cabs are cheap and plentiful.

Like anywhere in San Jose, (or Washington DC for that matter) it makes sense to be in soon after dark, or take a cab. Theft IS an issue here, just as in any city, but again, this hotel is in a MUCH better neighborhood then downtown SJ is. There are also tons of private security people in this area as the hotel is also next to a casino and another upscale hotel, as well as the headquarters for the national utility/electric company.

All in all, I'd send a friend/family member here without any personal reservation. In fact, I'd requested a quiet room and was pleased to find myself up on the fourth floor, well away from the pool area - where breakfast is also served starting at 6:30 AM - get it!?

Room 343 (4th FL) is perhaps the best combo. of quiet and sunlight in the hotel, and was just repainted as I was there. 342, that I had, would be just as good - except for the fact that it's right above the (very good) hotel's restaurant exhaust vent. ...rather alluring when they cook anything but FISH, and only two hotel rooms are so close to create any issue. (On the other hand, I had some great lasagna dreams... ; )

Sergio, the marketing and operations manager, is very savvy, totally competent and helpfully bi-lingual. ...and a good guy. For that matter, I'd be hard pressed to find an American operation where the whole staff was as cordial as the folks at Cristina were!

In short, a great value and stay! Not a five star hotel..., but at $70/night it's definately a gem in a country where 5 star isn't the norm.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 May 2009

We almost had too much room! We stayed two different times during our recent trip - on our second visit, we were given a 2-BR/2Bath apartment. Nice clean kitchen. My only complaint was that the tv was in the living area and there was no tv in the bedroom. Great breakfast every morning with wonderful fresh fruit and fresh juices. Great pool area with a wonderful friendly mix of medical tourists, college students and Europeans.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Tampa, FL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2009

My wife and I stayed at the Apartotel Cristina for 8 days while she was having dental work done in San Jose. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the facilities were very clean and well kept. The breakfast that was included was varied and very good. The restaurant associated with the hotel is also recommended. We ate there at least 4 of the 8 days of our stay and were never disappointed. The staff was couretous, helpful, and very friendly at all times. The food was great. All in all, a very enjoyable stay in spite of our reason for being in San Jose.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Maryland
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Reviewed 1 December 2008

These are self-contained apartments. We stayed in a 2-bedroom/one-bath, which also had a fully-equipped kitchen (with granite countertops!). There are also 1-bedroom units. They are large and clean, and there is a large breakfast outdoors at the pool each morning. It's in a good part of San Jose, just a block north of La Sabana Park.

  • Stayed November 2008
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Rochester, NY
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Reviewed 25 October 2008

I booked this place for a two week stay, and really have nothing but good things to say about it. Everyone here is very nice, the place is immaculate, and the breakfast is plentiful. There is also an Italian restaurant onsite that you should definitely try (it is excellent). I've heard that the Internet connectivity in Costa Rica can be spotty, but I didn't experience that during my stay.. All-in-all, the Apartotel Cristina is a GREAT place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with friends
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Rehovot
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Reviewed 24 February 2007

My wife and I stayed at the Apartotel Cristina in January and February 2007 on three occasions (1 night, 2 nights and 2 nights).

The reservation process, done via the Internet, was accomplished with courtesy, promptness and efficiency by Sergio. Upon check-in and in all of our dealings with the reception staff, we were treated as if we were friends and, when we checked in for the third time, we felt as though we were returning home.

The accommodations are comfortable and the rooms clean. The breakfasts (included in the room rate) are hearty, and having my morning coffee at the pool side was a great way to start the day.

We were able to leave our large luggage pieces at Cristina when we left the first and second times, and there is a (pay for) laundry facility and free Internet access on the premises. Parking in the garage is free or you can park on the street. Telephone usage is free for local calls.

For us, the location was ideal and the price was great. We would definitely recommend Cristina to our friends or stay there again if we returned to San Jose.

Stayed January 2007
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Bremen, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2007

A nice aparthotel in a safe neighbourhood of San Jose.

Guests will find
- very clean and large apartments including a full equipped kitchen.
- attentive and friendly staff,
- pool and
- small breakfast buffet.

In walking distance of the hotel, one can find a large supermarket, many restaurants and fast-food restaurants and the largest park of the city.

I enjoyed my stay at the Cristina Apartotel.

  • Liked — The free wi-fi and the large apartments
  • Disliked — The small breakfast buffet
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Apartotel Suites Cristina

Property: Apartotel Suites Cristina
Address: Norte del Ice 300 | Sabana Norte, San Jose 10108, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in San Jose
#4 Family Hotel in San Jose
#10 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Apartotel Suites Cristina 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer comfortable and fully equipped Suites-Apartments with 1,2 or 3 bedrooms from 420 to 1000 square feet. We have free airport(SJO) to hotel transportation, and we charge US$5 from hotel to the Airport, both services must be booked with us. Free high speed wi-fi and free buffet breakfast. We specialize in medical tourism, families and business travelers. ... more   less 
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